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Moving Dad in with You to Help Him Recover? Why That Might Not Be Enough

Reduce Hospital Readmissions Dover NH

Reduce Hospital Readmissions Dover NH

With your father in the hospital, you’ve probably begun thinking about how you can best support him when he is discharged. One of the first things many family members consider is having their elderly loved one move in with them. This seems like a practical solution, at least for a few months until he or she is back on their feet and able to take care of themselves properly.

Your father may have been living alone for several years and had become accustomed to taking care of himself. Following the heart attack, stroke, major surgery, or other reason for his hospitalization, he may not be physically capable of doing those things at the moment.

He might very well be able to take care of himself again in the future, as long as he makes a full and healthy recovery, but in the meantime, having him move in with you simply seems like the most reasonable solution.

There will be people to help him. 

In your house there may be several people, including your children, a spouse, and maybe even others. You figure there will always be somebody around to help support your father if he needed help, such as getting up or down the stairs, getting out of bed, or even preparing a meal.

That might not always be the case, especially when people are working or going to school. What is your father going to do when no one’s around and he needs assistance with something important?

He could certainly wait until somebody returns, but that may not be practical. It can also lead to an uncomfortable situation at times.

The best option is to rely on home care support, even if your father moves in with you to focus on his recovery. Just because you have the best intentions doesn’t mean everything’s going to go as smoothly as you hope. The more experience someone has with regard to taking care of an elderly individual, the easier it’s going to be for them to help the senior stay motivated, stay on top of potential problems, and even highlight certain issues that can be significant.

Most family members don’t have any prior experience supporting elderly loved ones through recovery. That doesn’t mean they shouldn’t try, but even if you plan to have your father move in with you while he recovers, consider relying on home care support from experienced caregivers as well.

If you or someone you know needs the help of caregiver services near Dover, NH, contact the staff at Atlantic Homelife Senior Care. We provide quality and affordable home care for many disabled and elderly loved ones in our community. Call us at (603) 609-0166 for more information.

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Martha Berk, RN

Owner and Administrator at Atlantic Homelife Senior Care, LLC
Martha Berk has been a registered nurse specializing in geriatrics for more than 20 years. Her goal was to create a company that would allow seniors to stay in their homes and enjoy the home life they always had. She believes seniors should not have to give up the lives they have always known just because they need a helping hand. She is committed to help seniors maintain quality of life and live every moment to the fullest!

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